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The pleasures and pitfalls of life as a new consultant – an Anecdotal review part 1

From Volume 13, Issue 2, April 2020 | Pages 72-77


This first of a two-part article aims to provide a road map to the budding clinician wishing to take on the role of a Consultant Orthodontist. Part 1 suggests what to consider when taking up a new post and how to create an ideal unit. Part 2 will provide the author's personal insight into the first 18 months of a consultant post. Hints and tips from other newly qualified consultants are also provided, to enable future consultants to avoid the pitfalls and enjoy the pleasures of an immensely rewarding job.

CPD/Clinical Relevance:

To provide first-hand, real world knowledge of life as a new consultant orthodontist in the 21st century NHS.


Woo hoo! You have now passed the ISFE. No more compulsory exams … ever! For me, and I suspect all my colleagues who pass their ISFE, the feeling is one of immense relief coupled with utter exhaustion. Many of us have spent at least 10 years of our lives getting to the finish line … so what next?

In the current climate there is of course a wealth of possibilities open to you. There are currently a healthy number of consultancy vacancies throughout the country, unlike in recent times. If you decide to follow a hospital career, all you have to decide is in which part of the country you would like to live and where in particular you wish to ‘hang your hat’ and hopefully make your mark (Figure 1).

The typical job description often goes like this:

‘Exciting opportunity at fantastic unit… ‘State of the art facilities, stimulating place to work with a committed team of colleagues’

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